VIDEO: 10 Year-Old Cancer Survivor Paris Strickland Inspires in Goodman Theatre's Annual A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By: Dec. 10, 2017
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Over four decades, 1.5 million people have delighted in the spectacular storytelling, glorious music and Scrooge's unforgettable discovery of kindness, generosity and love. Ten directors, eight Ebenezer Scrooges and 29 Tiny Tims later, Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol celebrates 40 years. This year's spotlight falls on Paris Strickland, the adorable 10 year-old girl with a miraculous story of her own. CBS Sunday Morning chatted with the young actress and her Goodman company, check out the video!

Larry Yando marks his 10th year as Scrooge, and for the fifth year, Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper directs Charles Dickens' universal tale of hope and redemption with a cast of 25 featuring Paris Strickland in her Goodman debut as the theater's first female Tiny Tim - and returning cast members Kareem Bandealy as Narrator/Scrooge Alternate; Ariana Burks as Martha Cratchit; Lisa Gaye Dixon as Ghost of Christmas Present; Joe Foust as Jacob Marley; J. Salomé Martinez as Abe; Ron E. Rains as Bob Cratchit; Sadieh Rifai as Belle; Penelope Walker as Mrs. Fezziwig; Jonah D. Winston as Mr. Fezziwig; and musicians Justin Amolsch, Andrew Coil, Greg Hirte and Malcolm Ruhl.

The newcomers include Breon Arzell as Dick Wilkins; Molly Brennan as Ghost of Christmas Past; Ali Burch as Frida; Meighan Gerachis as Schoolmaster; and Michele Vazquez as Mrs. Cratchit.

The young performers in A Christmas Carol, cast from hundreds of Chicagoland children who auditioned, also include Maggie Chong, 10 (Chicago), as Emily Cratchit; Andrea Crisp, 10 (Darien), as Belinda Cratchit; Cameron Goode, 15 (Chicago), as Boy Scrooge; Kei, 9 (Chicago), as Turkey Boy; and Aaron Stone, 14 (Round Lake Beach), returning as Peter Cratchit.

A Christmas Carol opens on November 27 and appears through December 31. Tickets ($25 - $112; subject to change) are available at, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn).

Photo: J. Salome Martinez (Abe), Ali Burch (Frida), Paris Strickland (Tiny Tim), Larry Yando (Ebenezer Scrooge), Jonah D. Winston, Sadieh Rifai and Penelope Walker (Mrs.Crumb); Photo Credit: Liz Lauren